Howe (Aptos/Aptos HS) successfully defended his California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) javelin title on May 3, and went on to a repeat All-America performance at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Allendale, Mich., on May 24. He threw 225’4” to win his second successive league crown and aid UCSD to a second-place finish as host of the 2014 CCAA Championships. Howe then achieved a top distance of 211’0” to finish sixth in Michigan and better a seventh-place effort from his NCAA Championships debut in 2013. He is now a two-time All-American.
Pimentel (Westminster/Westminster HS) won her first individual CCAA title in the 800 meters (2:10.95) on May 3, while also running the leadoff leg of the Tritons’ second-place 4x400 relay (3:47.08) later that same day. UCSD placed second at the 2014 CCAA Championships. Pimentel then made her third straight trip to the NCAA Championships. She ran 2:09.31, just off her school-record best of 2:09.07, in preliminaries on May 23, and went 2:11.02 in the final the next day for eighth, earning a top-eight All-America position. Pimentel is now a two-time All-American for her career, with a seventh-place finish in the 4x400 relay as a freshman in 2012.
Howe is an SDHOC honoree for the second straight May, with Pimentel a first-time choice. They join swimmers Nicholas Korth (March), Paul Li (February) and Anji Shakya (March), water polo senior Sarah Lizotte (February), men’s basketball senior point guard James McCann (January), and baseball standout Troy Cruz (April), to give UCSD eight Stars of the Month for the 2014 calendar year. Howe and Pimentel were among seven amateurs recognized for May.
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